Concrete Lamps





Introduction: Concrete Lamps

My fifth instructable, this one presenting some work from a few years back.

A few years ago i made 4 lamps using concrete, as presents. I wanted to investigate the process of casting at the scale of the object.

I designed the forms on Rhino, lasercut the formwork from thin styrene sheets (1mm), used a hot glue gun to rapidly tack it all together, hold the formwork in place and plug any leaks. I then cast the voids, and combined the resultant concrete work with custom metalwork, papercraft and other lasercut elements to create these 4 lamps.

As prototypes these pieces were never going to turn out perfect, but the process of creating them has taught me a lot about working with concrete at such an intricate scale.

During production parts broke, and i realised that i would need mesh reinforcement for some of the more delicate pieces such as the long stalks of the Mushrooms, or the thin leaf structure of the Top Heavy lamp.

Happy to answer any questions.

You can see more of my work over at Terra Politica



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    Very nice.
    You might want to consider using either hypertufa or papercrete. Significantly lighter, and a great deal of control on final texture.

    How to get or make hypertufa or papercrete ?

    Hypertufa and papercrete are made just like concrete, but instead of the regular sand and aggravate, you add peat moss or paper pulp respectively. The result is a very strong but lightweight material that has many of the properties of concrete, yet remains light and strong. There are numerous instructionals online and here.

    Some people have even used them top manufacture houses.

    Cool... Thanx.. Would be going thru the instructables.. I would also request the uploader of this instructable to giv some steps of casting the same..

    where are the instrucions for this project. is thiz not instructables?


    You posted, "if you trust following some sketches/simple 3D diagrams in the place of photos i'd be happy to recreate the process for some of the lamps step by step. " I would like to see your description of how you created the mushroom lamps and the wall sconces. Please include a list of the tools and materials you used. Your work is innovative and inspiring!

    Thank you for sharing.

    you got skills to pay the bills man..

    This is one of the few times I'm posting negative sounding comments about an Instructable. And, it's not because of the work, because those lamps are beautiful!

    No, rather it's because of the lack of detail on how they were made. I don't want to duplicate this work, but I do want to know how to work with the forms that you made, how you filled the forms with the concrete (and didn't have any air pockets), did you put the wiring directly in the concrete, itself, so there would be no visible wires?

    I'm hoping that you flesh this out, and include the step-by-step process. I'm really, /really/ interested in this, but I'm having trouble making heads or tails.

    OK, i seem to have missed the point of this site somewhat.

    I'll be honest and admit that i put these projects here to see initially if there was any interest in them. I originally made them just for fun whilst i was learning a little about the materials and I didnt really know what to expect here.

    I see people would like some more information and i just regret that i didnt take any photos whilst i was making these (I make a lot of stuff that doesnt always turn out nice and its a lazy habit i think this website has taught me to reconsider!). The photos i've posted are pretty much all i have of these pieces because they were made a little while back.

    But i think i know a compromise - the process of making these lamps is pretty simple with the right tools- if you trust following some sketches/simple 3D diagrams in the place of photos i'd be happy to recreate the process for some of the lamps step by step.

    I wont put up exact templates of these designs for a few reasons, partly because they were one-offs and i dont have the original 3d files to hand, but partly because i think the interesting thing about this work is not so much the form (anyone can make a pretty shape) but its the process and the possibilities of working like this that i find interesting.

    To be honest i'm amazed at the amount of people interested in this - its only a small part of my work/interests and i never really gave it second thought till i dug these photos out of my hd, so i'd be happy to oblige you all with some further information.